The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
The International Trade Follow-up Committee thinks that, with the right policy framework in place, trade can be an effective driver of growth, job creation and sustainable development. Trade will notably play a key role in promoting a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and allowing companies to rebuild and re-organise their disrupted value chains. One of the main challenges for this committee will be to manage the growing number of trade issues to monitor and its wide geographical scope (EU trade network and beyond). The International Trade Follow-up Committee will pay particular attention to the effective enforceability of all elements of the trade agreements, as a pre-condition for the safeguard of a level playing field with trade partners.